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Abhisit presents blueprint for reform

Corruption is costing Thailand about Bt300 billion per year, or two per cent of GDP, said Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Tuesday.

He added that if there was no corruption in the country, it could have the 30 Parliament Houses, 201 BTS stations, or 5,100 large secondary schools,

Abhisit was speaking at a press conference to announce the blueprint for Thailand reform. The party spent time considering the reform measures after deciding to boycott the February 2 election.

Abhisit declared an anticorruption mechanism as the first step in a sevenpoint national reform blueprint. He said the proposal covers 20 measures, among them amending the anticorruption law so that there is no expiry time on corruption offences and examining the back tax status of politician.

While Abhisit was speaking, a man who declined to be named, blew a whistle at him. "I respect my vote. Please stop creating political speeches because your party (the Democrat Party) has never won an election," the man said. Abhisit thanked him for his intervention before the man was led from the room.


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